When I visited Okuaizu the other day, I saw lots of beautiful ‘fringed irises’. I’m not particularly knowledgeable about flowers, but I’m pretty sure I’d never seen these flowers before coming to Japan. Seeing them in Okuaizu instantly reminded me a photograph I saw when I first moved to Fukushima Prefecture. At that time, IContinue reading Fringed Irises at Kozoji Temple in Iwaki
Happy New Year! I hope you had a good holiday. I didn’t make it to the New Year’s festival at Mt Iwatsuno, due to sudden snowfall in Fukushima – I’ll make sure to go next year – but I did visit Nakano Fudoson! I’ve really wanted to visit Nakano Fudoson for a long time, andContinue reading Nakano Fudoson New Year Traditions
I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas. I had a nice break, and I’m excited for the new year. I’m planning on going to Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji Temple on January 3, as there is a special Buddhist celebration called the Daibontensai held annually on this date. I discovered Mt Iwatsuno by accident recently. I didContinue reading Mt Iwatsuno’s Gankakuji: Amazing Buddhist Mountain Temple
Nanko Park in Shirakawa City is such a beautiful spot to visit during autumn, and it is particularly spectacular in mid-November! Sooo, I thought it was fitting to introduce Nanko Park in this week’s blog! 1.) Nanko Park (南湖公園 Nanko Koen) The area now known as Nanko Park used to consist of wetlands, which gradually gainedContinue reading Must-Visit Autumn Spots in Shirakawa City!
Shiramizu Amida-do is a beautiful, historic Buddhist temple in a serene and peaceful garden. For those planning a trip to Iwaki or Northern Ibaraki, it is a great place to add to your itinerary! What is an Amida-do? An Amida-do is a temple dedicated to the Buddha referred to as Amida Buddha. If you don’tContinue reading Shiramizu Amida-do Temple in Iwaki